We are COCL


The Commission on Congregational Life (CoCL) is a group of involved and innovative Diocesan leaders. The commission is canonically accountable to Bishop Breidenthal and the Diocese of Southern Ohio for ensuring that the Diocese’s congregations are healthy, joyous, and productive. The CoCL provides guidance and programming for the Diocese’s congregations in order to sustain congregational vitality.

The CoCL currently has 13 members who are recommended to the commission from a variety of sources. Bishop Breidenthal approves all candidates who serve on this commission and each of these members is a liaison to one or more Diocesan congregations. The commission liaisons meet periodically with their congregational clients, staying informed of the congregation’s needs and providing direct consultative support. The liaisons serve as informed advocates for congregations seeking assistance as well as also informing CoCL when the commission should consider offering alternatives other than financial grants.

What We Do


Each year, CoCL receives financial support in the diocesan budget and thereafter allocates the vast amount of its budget to congregations seeking financial assistance and oversees two principle grant programs:

Congregational Mission Grants

to assist congregations and communities of faith & practice to be viable Episcopal presences

New Initiative Grants 

new and innovative projects that address local challenges and promote connections between other churches and community agencies


During the past few years, The Commission on Congregational Life has established a transformational process to redefine its grant rewarding and relationships with the Diocese of Southern Ohio’s missions and parishes. The commission has developed and exercises leadership on supporting congregational and new initiative financial requests using a variety of metrics to evaluate factors for accepting, revising, or rejecting requests for financial support.